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Google Fiber announced a deal to acquire ISP Webpass a gigabit ISP that uses fiber and wireless

Google Fiber is bulking up its business after it announced a deal to acquire ISP Webpass, a 13-year-old company that provides high-speed internet for business and residential customers across parts of the U.S.

The Alphabet subsidiary just made an acquisition that could help it roll out high speed internet faster. It agreed to purchase Webpass, a company that currently has "tens of thousands" of customers for high speed internet.

Alphabet-owned Google Fiber is present in five U.S. cities, but it has plans to be grow to more than 20 in the immediate future. San Francisco is one city that Google Fiber has earmarked, and this acquisition will help that expansion. Webpass has a strong presence in California, with its service running in San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley and San Diego. Beyond that, it is also in Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Chicago, and Boston. 

Webpass is notable because it's used high-speed point-to-point wireless technology as well as fiber to link up apartment buildings and businesses without having to wait for a physical link, and offers its customers speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Running fiber everywhere faces both regulatory and labor hurdles that those wireless links could help sidestep. There's no word on the exact plans in place or price, but Webpass president Charles Barr writes that his company "can accelerate the deployment of superfast Internet connections for customers across the U.S.," and Google Fiber will help it reach more customers.

Charles Barr, the President of Webpass, added more in a blog post.
“Joining Google Fiber will be a great development for our users because the companies share the same vision of the future and commitment to the customer,” he said. “Google Fiber’s resources will enable Webpass to grow faster and reach many more customers than we could as a standalone company.”

Webpass operates its own gigabit network and, aside from boosting the presence of Google Fiber’s network, it will also help the company get into the business and residential markets where taking on established and incumbent competitors is hugely challenging.

Source: Webpass Blog, Google Fiber (Twitter),

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